Information about you and your health is recorded when you receive health care or social care, to help with your care and treatment. This is what most people call your medical records. Each organisation you have contact with keeps its own records on you. Information includes:
Good care requires good information about you, so it’s very important that this information is recorded. But it’s also very personal – so you need to be confident that it’s looked after securely and in line with the law.
NHS Digital don’t hold your full health and care records. Each health and care organisation you have contact with holds its own records on you. NHS Digital collect and store some information from everyone’s health and care records because of our role in health and care.
NHS Digital has two main responsibilities:
To carry out these duties, NHS Digital need to collect, store, use and sometimes share information about you.
Find out more about the legal basis of our role in collecting data from the health service.
Some of your health information will be held in our systems to improve your care. For example:
NHS Digital collect some confidential patient information so that it can be used to improve everyone’s health and care.
The information we collect is used to:
Evidence from the confidential patient information of millions of people like you helps people who do these jobs make the best decisions for everyone. We always collect and store information about you securely and in line with the law.
To read more about how NHS Digital use information:http://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/our-work/keeping-patient-data-safe/how-we-look-after-your-health-and-care-information
Read more about what confidential patient information is used for on the Understanding patient data explainer page.
Read more about the benefits of sharing health information on the Understanding patient data case studies pages.